Category Archives: career

Should I go work at a start up?

That was the question posed to me by a former colleague who has been working at a big company for donkey’s years – in the tech world, that’s about 5. And who has a lot of experience and some great educational credentials. And, like most important decisions in life, the answer was, it depends. I […]

The right time

One thing starting a business and having a daughter over the last couple of years has taught me is that a lot times we wait for the right time to do something when the right time doesn’t really exist. There’s a right time to do a lot of things, like send thank you cards, invitations, […]

Lifestyles and business

I didn’t go into entrepreneurship to have a better lifestyle, I went into entrepreneurship because I had an idea for a business that I felt passionate about and thought could be something significant. I went into business to create jobs (I hope, right now I’d love it if I could live off what we’re doing […]

Rejection builds resilience

Jeez, I just realised it’s been almost two months since I blogged last.  Crap.   Sorry folks, what can I say, between lots of visitors, lot’s of thinking and work on the new start up, as well as doing some consulting work to pay the bills, not to mention the lil one’s first birthday, it’s been […]

Your Linkedin profile is more than a CV

A former colleague of mine messaged me on instant messenger to ask me how things were going, we started talking about Linkedin profiles and he said that he wanted to spend some time on his Linkedin profile after he figured out what he wanted to do – based on some advice he had gotten. I […]

Knowing why

I don’t blog to make money, at least not directly. I blog for several other reasons, to improve my writing, to give people who may want to hire me or work with me an insight into my thought-process, to own the international Farhan Lalji google juice, but not to make money. I’m not saying you […]


Today’s word of the day is “Equanimous”, and is brought to you by my good friend (and the Bee’s cousin) Tasleem Thawar. I can’t remember the exact context in which Tasleem introduced me and the Bee to being equanimous but it’s been a term that has stuck with me for while. According to multiple free […]

Contingency plan for your business not your career

I saw this tweet from a twitter account I follow called StartupUK: Considering an Entrepreneurial Venture? Go For It, But Have a Career Contingency Plan « The … I went via digg to tweetmeme to a blog post on a site called the Job Search Guide about having a career contingency plan. I don’t buy […]

Planning v living

When I was young I wanted to be a doctor, I ended up in technology. It was a pretty big shift. I realised I just wanted to do something I loved and enjoyed, and I ended up doing that. In high school I thought I would end up in New York in my 20s, I […]

Sunk costs and powering through

I just finished reading Seth Godin’s the Dip. It was a quick, enjoyable read that’s helped me focus a bit. The book talks about how anything worth having needs dedication and is usually pretty hard and how quitting a dead end masquerading as an opportunity (or as Seth calls them a “Cul-de-Sac”) is a good […]